Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq officially launched door-to-door distribution of 2.3 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) on Thursday.
The government had announced that it would purchase the nets from global funds upon payment of the corresponding counterpart funds.
At the ceremony, the governor said more than 50 percent of the health complications reported in public hospitals were due to poorly treated malaria-related cases.
He reaffirmed his commitment to the global fight against the disease, which experts say is the number one killer in sub-Saharan Africa.
AbdulRazaq said his government had paid huge antidotes to support various initiatives that would give the people of the state access to basic health care, including the recently launched free malaria program. “A little over a year ago, we invested millions of naira in paying counterpart funds to obtain keys to various basic health programs. N 82 million of this amount was earmarked for the Anti-Malaria Initiative of the Global Fund. In return, we have 2.3 million insecticide-treated nets worth over N 3.3 billion, including socio-economic benefits, ”said AbdulRazaq at the open field event at the Ilorin government house.
“Today we are stopping the house-to-house distribution of these networks in our state. We have hired at least 5,000 people to do this. “Malaria is one of the main culprits in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also proven to be detrimental to the economy. That is why we are so keen to fight it. However, it is cheaper to prevent malaria than to cure it. A major way of preventing the deadly disease is through the use of insecticide treated nets. It is safe to use and I urge our people to use it. “AbdulRazaq also commended all partners, volunteers and network advocates, especially former Health Minister Hajia Amina Ndalolo, for their efforts in the campaign. The governor later handed over units of the ITNs to some families before sleeping in a demo bed with mosquito nets at the event – a symbolic gesture to demonstrate the safety of the ITN and encourage citizens to use it. Health Minister Dr. For his part, Osagie Ehanire said Nigeria has continued to make significant progress in malaria control and eradication, as the malaria infection rate in Kwara state is now 20%. “Kwara State is one of three states selected to benefit from Mass Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN) Distribution Campaigns in 2020, which aim to deliver ITN 2.3 million to beneficiaries with the support of the Global Fund deliver. In addition, two LGAs (Asa and Moro) are used simultaneously to carry out the evaluation of the New Net Project, which monitors the impact of the new generation ITNs on malaria indicators, ”he praised the governor’s political support.
The Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu said the payment of counterpart funds and other investments has changed the way the state is represented in the health sector.
Former health minister and Kwara network ambassador Hajia Amina Ndalolo encouraged all political representatives of the state to promote the use of ITNs so that the state can achieve the result of its investments in the health sector.
Kwara Health Commissioner Dr. Raji Rasaq said the commitment of over 5000 citizens to the door-to-door distribution model through the 16 LGAs will be of immense economic benefit. “Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s continued injection of funds into the health sector to promote the provision of health services to the population is unmatched in the history of the state,” he added, reporting on unprecedented efforts by the government in the sector.
In their goodwill messages, Ernest Nwokolo from the Society for Family Health, Diwe Ekweremadu from Catholic Relief Services and Abdullahi Nageri, State Elimination Program manager, praised the state government for the partnership, which they believed had produced positive results.
They urged the governor to continue the campaign to eradicate malaria in Kwara state.